Not the most exciting league in the world but since I like being here and why not give a bit of know-how to other people. So here is the 2017/2018 recap Let's start with the champions FC Porto FC Porto regained the title after being 4 years (!) without gaining any silverware, something that for a team like Porto was unbelievable. Sergio Coneceição was far from being a boss who fans considered very appealing, known for his bad temper mostly. His teams were not very regular but in FC Nantes he showed to have improved and in FC Porto he proved he was ready. Of course people can dispute the fact that he prefered a more physical approach to the game, leaving guys like Otávio and Oliver Torres out most of the times, only Brahimi offered something different to the game but the most physical players had more success «, like Marega who had an amazing season. Other players like Telles, Soares, Ricardo and Herrera did really well. Europe: Porto was drawed a bad group, with Monaco, Leipzig and Besiktas, it was a very close group that could have put a Porto with financial problems away too soon from Europe but Porto showed to be very energetic and concentrated in their Champions League matches, the Monaco 0-3 Porto was the most impressive match they had in a while, sitting back and putting excelent counters outclassing Monaco completely. Then Liverpool came. Danilo out Sergio Oliveira in: Danilo is Porto's anchor, nothing goes pass him but he had a very serious injury who also made him miss the World Cup. Sergio Oliveira comes in, and offers something different to the midfield forcing Herrera to be more active up and down while the portuguese midfielder took the playmaking role. Best Player: I'm going to say Marega but Alex Telles could squize his way in here, he was absolutely decisive. SL Benfica Oh.... my oh my, my sweet Benfica where did you go wrong. Almost everywhere. So, after a successful 4 year run in the Portuguese League with Jorge Jesus and Rui Vitória, the first problems came and Benfica lost the title. How? here's how. Rui Vitória had a good first season in Benfica, getting the title and make a good Champions League run, falling to Bayern in a good tie, creating a bit of trouble to the German giants. In the second season Benfica started off strong, winning the Supercup and getting an early confortable 7 point lead in the League but in the second half Benfica lost almost every advantage to Porto, almost being passed by them but Porto shockingly conceded a 1-1 draw to Vitória FC at home after Benfica also failed to win against FC Paços de Ferreira. Benfica lost touch with his game but still secured to final win. The problem is, since the second half of the second season, Benfica fans never got to see football again, only for a bried period with Krovinovic entering and chaging to a 4-3-3 but then he got injured and...it's over. Rui Vitória had very questionable choices, like insisting in Felipe Augusto when he had Krovinovic and the youngster Gedson Fernandes. But is this season his entire fault? no Benfica's bosses sold important players like Ederson, Lindelof, Nelson Semedo, Renato Sanches and Mitroglou and they though it was possible to win without replacing them, or replacing them with aboslute failures like Douglas or Seferovic. Europe: Can anyone be surprised with a 4th place in the group stage? I'm not, but 0 points? 1 goal scored? It is absolutely horrible and still today fans demand an apology for that (or a new boss). Best Player: Who else but Jonas? Sporting CP Once again Jorge Jesus failed to bring the desired league win to Sporting and that led to his departure as well as the end of the season shennanigans with the fans in the academy. Sporting did start of well, with Jesus fluid 4-4-2 turned into a 4-2-3-1 with Bruno Fernandes getting the role closer to Bas Dost but after a while Sporting started to decrease their form and really struggled in the league with some fluke wins in Tondela for example really hanging in the balance while Braga was sniffing the 3rd place. Europe: In Europe Sporting was a very different team, in the Champions League with a very difficult group with Barcelona and Juventus, they got some pretty good games againt the 2 european giants and outclassed Olympiacos for the Europa League spot. Europa League didn't start really well for Sporting but they had fairly easy jobs against the likes of Plzen who still managed to scare them in Czech Republic taking the game to extra time. Against Atlético Madrid, Sporting played well, showing a bit of their champions League shape but two errors from the center backs dictated their fate, still wining 1-0 at home but that was it. Still a very decent run. Best Player: Despite Bas Dost being a goal scoring machine, Bruno Fernandes was their best player, a very very classy midfielder. Shout out to SC Braga, the team who played the best football in Portugal, under Abel Ferreira's consulate. You have to watch them play, very exciting stuff. ------------------------------------- 18/19 season Porto - Still under the UEFA radar, struggling a bit to get new players, but if they can keep up the level they are serious candidates. Benfica - Fixing the squad problems, with Ferreyra, Conti, Lema, Odysseias, Alfa Semedo and maybe Gabriel Appelt coming in soon as well as the inclusion of the wonderkids Gedson and Félix. Benfica has a better squad this season but has a very hard task, starting in august trying to get into the Champions League group stage and collect that 40 million euro paycheck. And of course regain the title! Sporting - Kind of a new start, new boss, new squad, so let's see, they got to re-sign Bruno Fernandes who was about to leave for rival Benfica and are trying to keep Bas Dost. Braga - They have been trying to get into the title picture and they have the objective to do so untill 2021, one thing is for sure, they practice the best football.